You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
2 Looking [aphorao] unto [eis] Jesus [Iesous] the author [archegos] and [kai] finisher [teleiotes] of our faith [pistis]; who [hos] for [anti] the joy [chara] that was set before [prokeimai] him [autos] endured [hupomeno] the cross [stauros],
despising [kataphroneo] the shame [aischune], and [te] is set down [kathizo] at [en] the right hand [dexios] of the throne [thronos] of
God [theos]. KJV-Interlinear
our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set
before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the
right hand of the throne of God. NASB
During our run through
life, through our spiritual life that is, to whom are we to keep looking? To Christ.
Most folks keep their eyes
on themselves, or on the things of this life. We generally keep looking at our self,
at the things we have in life. We are preoccupied with everything in
life except God, and doctrine.
Our job or our career is
important of course, and there is nothing wrong with that. The things we have in life, or the
things that we want out of life occupy much of our attention if not all of it. We pursue social
activities or hobbies, and again there is nothing wrong with pursuing the
things we enjoy in life.
However, our error comes
when we exclude God and doctrine from our life. And when we exclude God and doctrine
then we, by default, exclude our responsibilities and obligations before God,
from our life.
our eyes on Jesus simply means that we fix our attentions and priorities in
life, on the example of Christ, especially His doctrine.
Jesus Christ is a living
person. Bible doctrine is the written
lived by and is the manifestation of that which we study and should guide our
lives by. Christ
is the living word, and doctrine is the written word of God.
Christ is the author and
finisher (perfecter) of our spiritual life. He is the author in that He sets the
example. He is
the originator, the initiator, the beginning of the spiritual realm. Without Christ
there would be no Plan of God, no salvation, nothing for us at all in life.
We learn Christ, by means
of our daily Bible studies.
We bring Christ into our lives by growing up in our spiritual
life. We attain spiritual maturity by
incorporating Christ, by having Christ in us doctrine in our soul.
Gal. 4:19 Christ formed in
you, is the fundamental beginning of your spiritual life.
Eph. 3:16-17 Christ at
home in your heart, is the residence of Gods thinking in you.
Phil. 1:20-21 Christ
glorified in your body, is the ultimate achievement of spiritual maturity.
Jesus Christ is the only
authorized path to God the Father. All
religions, all beliefs, all philosophies in human history reject this principle. Even when they
speak of Christ but attempt to modify His role in the spiritual realm, they
Jesus Christ is the unique
person of the universe.
He is both God and man in one body of the person of Jesus Christ. He is unique. There is none like
there are lots of imitators who will come along attempting to distract you from
your focus on Christ, but you are able to defeat those distractions if you
commit yourself to a daily study of Bible doctrine.
There is one faith, one
sacrifice, one path to eternal blessing, and that is through Jesus Christ. There is one
spiritual life, and one path to spiritual maturity, and
that is through the daily study of Bible doctrine.
1 Cor. 10:1-4
1 For I do not want you to
be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed
through the sea; 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the
sea; 3 and all ate the same spiritual food; 4 and all drank the same spiritual
drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and
the rock was Christ.
2 Cor. 3:18
18 But we all, with
unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being
transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the
Throughout history the path
to God has been the same through Christ, by means of Bible doctrine, under
the power of the Holy Spirit.
Adam followed this course. Moses followed this course. David followed this
course. And so
it is the same course you are I are to follow in order for us to achieve the
same spiritual success.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.